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Ceramic Production and Community Formation in the Middle Little Colorado River Valley, Northern Arizona

Author(s): Krystal Britt

Year: 2017

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As is true today, migration throughout the past had a phenomenal impact on communities through the renegotiation of cultural practices, community and social identity. Using LA-ICP-MS I investigate community formation through shared ceramic production practices in Northern Arizona during the Pueblo III period (1125-1275 C.E.). This paper introduces the preliminary results of ceramic compositional analysis from contemporaneous sites in the middle Little Colorado River valley. During short-term environmental fluctuations throughout prehistory the reliability of the Little Colorado River would have served as an important draw to the region. The overall environment of the middle Little Colorado River valley, as well as variability in climatic conditions throughout prehistory has contributed to widespread movement into and out of the region over time. During the Pueblo III period in particular this region experienced an influx of migrants from a variety of cultural and geographic backgrounds, providing a unique opportunity to examine how groups negotiated the social environment during periods of widespread population movement and social reorganization.

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Ceramic Production and Community Formation in the Middle Little Colorado River Valley, Northern Arizona. Krystal Britt. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 430192)


Geographic Keywords
North America - Southwest

Spatial Coverage

min long: -115.532; min lat: 30.676 ; max long: -102.349; max lat: 42.033 ;

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Abstract Id(s): 17515

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America